WHAT ARE DENTAL CROWNS?
Dental crowns allow dentists to protect and restore damaged teeth. Typically, when tooth decay is severe enough that it can’t be treated with a filling, a dental crown will be used to cover, or cap, the tooth. Crowns are also commonly used to seal teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy. And occasionally, dental crowns are used for cosmetic purposes or in smile makeovers.
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Dental crowns are also referred to as “caps” because they cap the existing tooth structure in order to restore it.
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How it works: The dental crown treatment process
To begin, your mouth must be cleaned and numbed to prepare for the removal of decayed and damaged enamel. If available and appropriate for your procedure, your dentist may also provide you with sedation.
TRIMMING & REMOVING DECAY
After your mouth is completely numb and has been thoroughly cleaned, Dr. Awasthy will use a dental drill to remove decayed enamel and reshape your tooth in preparation for your crown placement.
IMPRESSIONS OR SCANS
Once your tooth has been trimmed and prepared for a crown, your dentist will use dental putty and trays or a 3D scanner to take impressions or scans of your teeth, which will be used to build your permanent crown.
IMAGES & COLOR MATCHING
In addition to impressions or scans, your dentist will take pictures of your teeth to ensure that your crown matches your existing teeth perfectly. Thanks to color matching, your porcelain crown will look just like a natural tooth.
After the impressions, scans, and images of your teeth are taken, your dentist will send this information to a dental lab where your crown will be built from durable porcelain ceramic. This process takes a few weeks, but lab-made crowns typically are the most long-lasting and comfortable type of dental crown.
TEMPORARY CROWN PLACEMENT
Because your crown won’t be ready for a few weeks, your dentist will attach a temporary resin crown to protect your newly-trimmed tooth until your permanent crown can be placed.
FIT INSPECTION & ADJUSTMENTS
After your crown arrives at your dentist’s office, you’ll come back for your fitting and placement appointment. Your dentist will examine the crown to make sure it fits comfortably. Minor adjustments can be made at this time.
PERMANENT CROWN PLACEMENT
After final adjustments, DR. AWASTHY will use a powerful dental cement to bond your crown into place permanently, restoring your smile and your bite.
Lab-made crowns are manufactured by experienced technicians at dental labs that specialize in building dental prosthesis. Your dentist will take impressions, scans, and photos of your teeth, which will be sent directly to the lab.
Using an advanced manufacturing process, your crowns will be built out of durable ceramic and metal materials, and sent back to your dentist for the final fitting and placement. Lab-made crowns look and feel very natural, and are usually the most long-lasting and durable type of crown.